The State of Alaska is appealing a court ruling that found its definition of “medically necessary” abortion unduly restrictive by limiting Medicaid funding to women with a serious medical condition.
Lawmakers in the state are trying to redefine “medically necessary” abortions covered by Medicaid. Advocates say that is unconstitutional.
The law narrows when Medicaid recipients are eligible for coverage of abortions.
The new rules would drastically redefine what constitutes a “medically necessary” abortion for purposes of Medicaid coverage.
Anti-choice lawmakers have tried to re-define what qualifies as a “medically necessary” abortion to qualify as Medicaid coverage. A new lawsuit claims that definition unconstitutionally restricts access to reproductive health care for low-income women.
The poor women of Alaska may be in for a drastic change when it comes to using Medicaid to pay for medically necessary abortions or abortions after a sexual assault.